More Lobbying Forces Line Up to Increase Medicare Eligibility Age

By: Wednesday September 14, 2011 2:27 pm

Powerful political and lobbying forces continue to line up behind the terrible idea to raise the age for Medicare eligibility. The latest to join the ongoing push is the Healthcare Leadership Council. From the Healthcare Leadership Council’s recommendations to the Super Committee: Gradually increase the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67. This transition would [...]

Sen. Kyl Doesn’t Want Super Congress Grand Bargain, Obama Does

By: Wednesday September 7, 2011 9:54 am

Republican Super Congress member Sen. Jon Kyl (AZ) has come out against the committee trying to reach a “grand bargain” that includes new taxes and entitlement reform. From National Journal: A top Republican on the super committee charged with finding $1.5 trillion in deficit cuts over 10 years said on Tuesday he will ask fellow [...]

AUDIO: Clyburn Supports Social Security Means Testing, Benefit Cuts

By: Thursday August 11, 2011 11:39 am

James Clyburn has just been appointed to the Super Congress Catfood II Commission,  and will now have powers above those or an ordinary member of Congress when it comes to determining the future of Social Security and Medicare.  So I thought it would be a good time to re-run Mike Stark’s interview with Clyburn from May of 2010 regarding Clyburn’s support for cutting Social Security benefits.

Rejecting False Choices

By: Wednesday August 3, 2011 9:00 am

With the debt ceiling deal now law, the next stage of using artificial crisis to force austerity onto the American people begins. This next time instead of members of Congress saying they must vote for big cuts to avoid default, they will be able to point to the newly created triggers in this deal as [...]

Fixing One Artificial Crisis by Creating Another

By: Monday August 1, 2011 5:00 pm

One of the many absurd aspects about this whole debt ceiling deal is that part of the solution to this artificial crisis is to create another artificial crisis in the near future. The debt ceiling itself is a creation of Congress. There is no need to have periodic debt ceiling limit votes that create dangerous [...]

CBO Report on Debt Ceiling Deal Released

By: Monday August 1, 2011 12:19 pm

The official Congressional Budget Office report on the debt ceiling deal has been release. From the CBO Summary: Establish caps on discretionary spending through 2021; Allow for certain amounts of additional spending for “program integrity” initiatives aimed at reducing the amount of improper benefit payments; Make changes to the Pell Grant and student loan programs; [...]

Shorter AARP: We’ll Analyze the Bill Until After It’s Passed

By: Monday August 1, 2011 11:41 am

The vote is tonight and they’re “studying” it. Studying it until when? Until it’s too late?

If Congress splits town after they pass this bill, maybe we can all celebrate by reviving the “burn your AARP card” party.  We’re certainly going to keep it alive, so that when the cuts start coming or seniors don’t get their cost-of-living increases, they’ll know who to blame.

The Filibuster Only Exists to Stop Progressivism

By: Monday August 1, 2011 9:32 am

Any proposal put forward by the Super Congress created by the debt ceiling deal can’t be amended and must receive an up-or-down vote in both chambers of the Congress. This means whatever package this small group of members comes up with can’t be filibustered. If there was every any doubt that the main reason the [...]

Whip the Super Congress: Call and Ask Your Member of Congress if They Like Their Job

By: Monday August 1, 2011 7:37 am

The deal between President Obama and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell calls for the creation of a “Super Congress” to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits. You won’t find a Super Congress mentioned anywhere in the Constitution. It will be an elite body of 12 members of Congress who write legislation behind closed doors and [...]

Text of Reid’s Catfood II Super Congress Motion

By: Saturday July 30, 2011 7:56 pm

The House voted today on the Reid bill.  It looks like the they substituted the text of a bill introduced by David Drier on the 28th with the text of the bill Reid filed cloture on last night in the Senate.

Reid, McConnell, Pelosi and Boehner each appoint 3 people to the commission, which requires a simple majority to approve legislative language.  Reid and Boehner each appoint a co-chair.